Madagascar: The Future Begins with Youth

Madagascar is a country rich in natural resources -- oil, diamonds and gold -- yet its people are among the poorest in the world. In fact, 92 percent of the population lives on just $2 per day: a situation so unimaginable that the United Nations ranks the nation 154 out of 188 on its Human...

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Transforming Buildings, and Transforming Lives

In 2013, Don Bosco Kep -- a Salesian-run vocational training center in southern Cambodia -- first opened its doors to students living with disabilities. Today, thanks to assistance from USAID’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA), the center has become the country’s...

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Victims of Haiyan on the Road to a Brighter Future

November 8, 2013 will forever live in the painful collective memories of the Filipino people -- for on that day, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) extinguished the flame of hope for thousands of its youth. Today, a unique partnership between the Salesians and Porsche has reignited that fire -- and with it,...

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Education Brings Marginalized Youth Out of the Shadows

They are the forgotten. They are exploited. These outcasts are the former child soldiers, runaway youth, forced laborers, and abused youngsters who are living in the margins of society in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.). Robbed of their rights and their education, they held little hope of...

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Heroic Efforts in the Wake of Disaster in Thailand

This past fall, Thailand experienced an unusually active monsoon season that drenched the central and northern parts of Thailand -- unleashing raging waters across more than 20 provinces and killing an estimated 350 men, women, and children. Our Salesian missionaries acted quickly in response,...

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Knocking at the Door of Our Hearts

Peaking in the summer of 2014, what has become known as the “Central American unaccompanied minor crisis” grabbed the world’s attention. Tens of thousands of children, scared and alone in a treacherous journey, were fleeing horrific violence and poverty in search of safety and a better life....

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South Africa: Building New Roads to Brighter Futures

In South Africa, nearly 66 percent of the population is under the age of 30 and millions of people still struggle to survive on less than $1 per day. Opportunities for youth to find long-term employment are increasingly sparse, for their own futures, as well as the future of their country. Thus, a...

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Helping Thousands Fleeing Violence and Facing Starvation in South Sudan

While 2016’s Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy is now behind us, Salesian missionaries around the world continue to perform acts of kindness in service to the poor. In South Sudan -- where escalating hostilities have already displaced more than two million people -- Father David Tulimelli has...

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